Dr. Allison Fizzard
Associate Professor of History
BA Hons (Memorial), MA, PhD (Toronto)
Office: CM 503
Phone: (306) 359-1237
Fax: (306) 359-1200
Fall 2015: HIST 265 and HIST 467
Medieval religious and social history, particularly of England and Wales c. 1100-1540; monastic history; the history of costume and dress
Allison Fizzard was born and grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her desire to learn more about the Middle Ages took her to the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, through which she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. In 1998 she decided to keep moving west and accepted a position teaching medieval history at Campion College at the University of Regina.
Allison Fizzard’s research focuses on the history of monasteries and monasteries in England and Wales in the late Middle Ages and early sixteenth century. She is currently investigating the connections between English and Welsh religious houses and lay people in the years leading up to the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII. Drawing on records submitted to the Court of Augmentations in the 1530s and 1540s, she is focussing on the retirement arrangements lay people made with religious houses as well as the various ways in which lay women (especially widows) interacted with these monastic communities.
HIST 116 Issues in World History (the history of food and agriculture)
HIST 224 English History, 1216-1485
HIST 265 The Early Middle Ages, 300-1100
HIST 266 Western Europe in the Later Middle Ages, 1100-1400
HIST 367 Women in the Middle Ages
HIST 368 The History of Popular Religion in the Middle Ages (300-1400)
HIST 466 The Middle Ages in Film
HIST 467 Marriage and Family in the Middle Ages
Select Recent Publications
“Corrodies at Houses of Regular Canons in England, c. 1485-1539.” In The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles, eds. Janet Burton and Karen Stöber. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2012 (forthcoming).
“Nuns, Convents, and Monasteries: The Monastic Orders and Their Costumes.” In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c. 450-1450, eds. Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Maria Hayward. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2012.
Book: Plympton Priory: A House of Augustinian Canons in South-Western England in the Late Middle Ages. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2008.
“Shoes, Boots, Leggings, and Cloaks: The Augustinian Canons and Dress in Later Medieval England.” Journal of British Studies 46 (April, 2007): 245-62.
Awards and Distinctions
The Devon History Society’s Devon Book of the Year Award (2008) for Plympton Priory: A House of Augustinian Canons in South-Western England in the Late Middle Ages.